Jim Turner Retiring From WDBO, Joe Kelley Moves From KRMG To Replace Him
October 29, 2012 at 5:17 AM (PT)
COX MEDIA GROUP Talk WDBO-A-F/ORLANDO morning host JIM TURNER has announced his retirement after 40 years with the station, the last 28 as morning host. TURNER will be replaced by sister Talk KRMG-A-F/TULSA morning host and News Director JOE KELLEY, who will join WDBO on NOVEMBER 19th. TURNER, whose last day at the station is yet to be determined, joined WDBO on MAY 28, 1972, hosting afternoons for 12 years, then moving to mornings.
“JIM is a broadcast icon,” said WDBO (and former KRMG) PD DREW ANDERSSEN. “He has been revered as one of the premier morning hosts in AMERICA for many years, a true professional, and a great man. We stand by JIM in celebration of his 40 years of community service and dedication to CENTRAL FLORIDA as he begins to write a new page in his life. He will truly be missed as the daily voice of morning news in ORLANDO radio.”
“JIM has been WDBO’s anchor to our listeners and community,” added VP/Market Manager SUSAN LARKIN. “His talent, engagement, and sheer love of radio is to be admired. We will miss Jim and cannot thank him enough for his part in building this brand.”
“Moving to CMG ORLANDO’s news/talk station, NEWSTALK 96.5 WDBO, has been a long- time goal of mine,” said KELLEY. “JIM TURNER has been there for 40 years. So this is, indeed, a rare opportunity.”
“Although we can never replace JIM TURNER, we are fortunate to be able to pull from within our existing resources to find his successor,” added ANDERSSEN. “And, as we continue to build a better WDBO, I know listeners will love JOE’s attention to the community and the content that matters most to Central Floridians.”